Tasty Treats and Yummy Drinks for a Season at Home


olive groves turkey, where they grow olives for Oleavia Organic EVOO
Olive groves in Turkey, where they grow olives for Oleavia Organic EVOO.

Tasty Ideas for a Holiday Season at Home

Although we might not be celebrating these holidays with our loved ones and distant relatives, we still want to have the best food and drink in our small gatherings this pandemic holiday season. Here are some recommendations for tasty, fine quality eats, and some interesting gadgets for your Holiday cooking, too.
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Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Turkey

A unique aspect behind of Oleavia Organic EVOO’s is that the olives are sourced from a single farm and are never combined with oils from a different land or region. The trees where these olives are collected are at least a hundred years old, and conserving the land is their promise.

During production, they only follow organic practices and never use any chemicals, toxic pesticides or fertilizers.

Early Harvest Organic EVOO Oleavia Savrandere Early Harvest is an organic monovarietal extra virgin olive oil made in Turkey, from the Memecik cultivar of olives, that won a Gold Award in the 2020 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest.

This is the good stuff!

Oleavia Olive Oil

Wilde Chicken Chips,  Lots  of  Protein

Wilde makes a large range of chips that are made from thinly-sliced chicken breast paired with a wide and wild assortment of flavors: Nashville Hot Chicken, Chicken and Waffles, Jalapeno Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Sea salt and Vinegar Chicken, and even Himilayan Pink Salt Chicken chips.

The Colorado company promises that the chicken is all organic, and these chips provide 10 grams of protein per serving. That’s something a potato chip can’t boast!

The thing about these chips is that protein has a lot stronger taste than potatoes, so when you bite into these you get a whole lot more. It’s somewhat disconcerting, and hard to explain. The Chicken and Waffles chips are way too sweet for my tastes and the rest I’d describe as ‘interesting, and different.” A few of these chips goes a long way.

Wilde Chips 6.2.5 oz bags sample pack $29.99
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GG Scandinavian Fiber Crispbread: Diet-Friendly!

The Appetite control cracker GG Scandinavian bran crispbread has the highest dietary fiber and is an all-natural traditionally baked Scandinavian crispbread.

At just 12 calories a slice and 2g net carbs, GG is ideal for those who are trying to lose weight or maintain healthy body weight. Suitable for diabetics and a certified low GI food/ Kosher. Not that tasty, a bit dry, but with some goat cheese or sharp cheddar, they’re tasty.

GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread All Natural Bran Cracker Packages, 5 count, 3.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 5) $11.00

Pamela's Products Whenever BarsWhenever Bars: I’m Eating One Right Now!

I like to pack a few snacks when I leave my house and set out for my co-working space office. And one item I’ve been enjoying are Whenever Bars, made by Pamela’s.

They are, wheat-free, gluten-free, non-Dairy with no artificial ingredients, yet they taste great! There is a real Pamela behind these healthy snacks, and I salute her for creating very tasty bars that hit the spot!

Flavors include cranberry almond, oat chocolate chip, oat peanut butter chocolate chip and raisin walnut spice.

Pamela’s Products 5 Count Box, 7.05-Ounce (Pack of 6) $23

The Sauce Boss: Easier Clean up and Better Mixing

There are many bosses of sauce to be found on the interwebs, but this one is a keeper. I’ve been a sauce maker for years, an31unDEoMPNL. SL250d this solves a common problem, how to get the sauce mixed properly. Put the ingredients into this jar and let the ball pop around and mix it all up.

The Blender Bottle: Mixing Up Your Smoothies for You

28-ounce capacity (note: measurements only go to 12 ounces) shaker cup for mixing protein shakes, smoothies, and supplements

Patented mixing system uses 316 surgical-grade stainless steel BlenderBall wire whisk found only in BlenderBottle brand shaker bottles

The screw-on lid creates a leak-proof seal, and the flip cap snaps securely shut to keep contents contained; loop top for easy carrying or attaching keys. Wide mouth makes it easy to add mix scoops and liquids, and embossed markings measure both ounces and milliliters. BPA and phthalate-free, dishwasher safe; manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty

BlenderBottle Classic Shaker Bottle, 28 oz, Black $9.99

“Safe Catch Tuna” in Convenient Foil Instead of CansSafe catch tuna in foil packs

Foil packs are a much easier way to enjoy this high protein sandwich ingredient or the center of any casserole. I am as much of a fan of a good old Tuna melt as the next guy and as a food product, these packages are more convenient than the old can.

But the National Fisheries Institute argues convincingly that creating a product that implies that regular tuna is not safe, compared to this brand, is a false narrative.

No tuna that is sold in the U.S. exceeds the minimum of mercury in the tuna–so this brand is no safer than anything you can buy in a can. The NFI argues that by putting the threat of mercury poisoning from tuna out there you just end up having fewer people eat fish, which in the long run is not good.

Safe Catch tuna $2.49/ 3 oz

colander with artworkA Common, Essential Kitchen Tool in a Dressed up Look

This small colander from Kapka’s Flashback collection is crafted from durable enamel-coated steel. Each hand-painted item from the Flashback collection is unique, durable, and designed for use in the kitchen or outdoors.

This colorful colander to dress up your holiday kitchen is made by Darlingspring. Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life, said Picasso — we choose to find enthusiasm in the little moments of our daily rituals. We choose the color in the simplest tools we use daily.

Flashback colander $42

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